A Review of the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas

Once the largest hotel in the world

Believe it or not, when the MGM Grand was built in 1993 it was the largest hotel in the entire world. Today the hotel consists of the Grand Tower and the West Wing, which has no relation at all to that presidential television show.

The MGM Grand is located on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, across the street from New York-New York and next to the Tropicana. Pretty much all of the hotel resorts on this end of the Strip are owned by MGM Mirage and the Players Club card can be used at all of them. That's great if you're trying to earn comps with your play, because you accumulate credits a lot faster.

Hotel rooms and entertainment

With nearly 7,000 rooms available, you've got a lot of options. Basic rooms can be found a price level well under $100 a night, while a more upscale suite at The Signature at MGM Grand will cost several hundred dollars a night. If you really want to splurge there are Skylofts available with a 24 hour butler and concierge. For the pricier suites you'll want to make sure to make your reservation many months in advance, because they do get grabbed up pretty fast and the hotel likes to keep a few open for the unexpected high roller.

The rooms are great considering the age of the hotel (yes, anything over 15 years old is considered ancient in Las Vegas). If you're staying on the south end of the Strip, you could do a lot worse (read my review of the Luxor).

For entertainment, the MGM Grand has Ka by Cirque du Soleil, Crazy Horse Paris, and the Wet Republic Ultra Pool. There is plenty to do at this hotel besides gambling. The top nightclubs are Tabu Ultra Lounge and Studio 54, which is a modern replica of the famous hedonistic disco club.

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